Busan/Guwahati : Renowned Khasi language film director Pradip Kurbah’s third feature “Iewduh” has won the prestigious Kim J-iseok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) which concluded today. Eight films from various Asian countries were chosen for the festival’s ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section that showcased the latest and most-talked films of Asian directors for the festival’s annual Kim Ji-seok award of 10,000 US Dollars this year.
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The award was instituted in 2017 in memory of late BIFF programmer Kim Ji-seok, who nurtured a generation of emerging Asian talent during his tenure. This year the three-member jury for the award was chaired by eminent Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
It’s a sweet achievement for the Pradip Kurbah film which had its world premier at Busan. “Iewduh” this year won Rajat Kamal for the best Khasi language film at the 66th National Film Awards and it has already been selected for its Indian premiere at the forthcoming Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2019, to be followed by its official release on November 15 and screening at the ‘Indian Panorama’ of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).
The other seven films at the Busan competition category were Ray Yeung’s “Suk Suk” (Hong Kong), Nakagawa Ryutaro’s “It Stopped Raining” (Japan), Zeze Takahisa’s “The Promised Land” (Japan), Kongdej Jaturanrasamee’s “Where We Belong” (Thailand), Shahed Ahmadlou’s “Cinema Donkey” (Iran), Gurvinder Singh’s “Bitter Chestnut” (India) and Sarmad Sultan Khoosat’s “Circus of Life” (Pakistan).